SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team picked up a key Capital Athletic Conference victory on Wednesday night, defeating the University of Mary Washington, 79-66, at Maggs Physical Activities Center.
The Sea Gulls (15-5, 5-4 CAC) came out of the gates strong, beginning the contest on a 20-8 run over the first eight minutes of play, holding the Eagles (14-6, 6-3 CAC) to 3-of-11 shooting from the floor over that time while Mary Washington turned the ball over five times.
Sophomore Gary Briddell scored 10 of the points for Salisbury during the early run, as the 12-point edge would prove to be the largest of the opening half for either team.
Mary Washington chipped away at the Salisbury lead, cutting its deficit to three points with nine minutes left in the period, but the Sea Gulls answered, closing the half on a 10-3 run to take a 41-30 lead into halftime.
Briddell kept his strong play going in the second half, hitting a pair of threes in the first five minutes to push Salisbury's lead to 17 points and Davis found a way to cut through the Mary Washington zone defense getting to the basket for a number of contested layups and chances at the free-throw line as the Sea Gulls built a lead of 19 points with just over 12 minutes left in the game.
Mary Washington used the three-point shot to remain within striking distance, making 47.1 percent in the second half, led by 4-of-6 from Drew Johnson, who scored 14 points in the second half and finished with 17 in the game.
The closest the Eagles would get down the stretch was seven points with four minutes to play, but Briddell answered with another three to push the lead back to double digits and Salisbury closed out the win.
Briddell scored a game-high 24 points while Davis scored 20 and had four steals. Roberson was good for 10 points with eight rebounds and four steals.
Salisbury hits the road for the next two games, traveling to Penn State University-Harrisburg and York College of Pennsylvania in the next week before returning home on February 9 to take on Southern Virginia University.